Monday, April 23, 2007

Dwayne L. Moore dies from 'wounds suffered when he came in contact with enemy forces using indirect fire'

A soldier from Williamsburg died in Iraq on Thursday, April 19th.

Chief Warrant Officer Dwayne L. Moore, 31, of Williamsburg died when his unit was attacked by enemy rocket fire.

Moore was a field artillery warrant officer assigned to 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment who was deployed with his unit to Iraq in August 2006.

“It's going to be hard, probably the rest of my life,” said Moore's father, Fred.

Moore was the youngest of 7 children, and though not everyone agrees with the war, they were proud of Moore, who worked hard to become an officer and even received a purple heart.

“He strived to be the best at whatever he did,” said Moore's brother, Gary.

His sister, Sandra Wallace, says he also worked to be a good father, and that he often expressed fear of not being alive to see his five-year-old daughter, Aiyanna, grow up.

“When I think about him; that hurts, because there's nothing he wouldn't have done to see her grow up,” said Wallace.

She says Aiyanna is struggling with this. Moore would often call half way across the world so she could hear his voice. Now, she's forced to understand that she'll never see him again.

“She cries all the time because she talks about her dad is with Jesus now. She says her daddy had gone with the angels. But says, 'I wish my daddy could be here with me,'” said Wallace.

Moore was supposed to come home next month for a short vacation.

From WVEC 13